LibriVox recording of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Part One of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars-Series. Easy, swank, pulp reads about an omnipotent gentleman teleported to Mars, finding an outlandish society of ape-, tree- and lizardmen, red-, white-, yellowmen, brains on legs, strange bastions and curious apparatuses, where the strongest survives and women are needy beauties to be saved. How can something be so platitudinous and at the same time so imaginative and enthralling? Boys' book for sure. (Summary by Stephan)
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I listened to many of the chapters but finally had to give up. One of the readers had either a very deviated septum, some kind of allergy or perhaps a sinus infection which made her voice so nasally and horrible to listen to that I finally couldn't take it anymore. Unfortunately it seems as though she was reading more chapters than anybody else. I'm only being honest, it just ruined the experience for me and I was really disappointed because I was really enjoying the story.
February 22, 2009 Subject:
I agree with Kaare
It is definitely distracting trying to keep up with the various readers, especially those with unusual pronunciation.
October 11, 2008 Subject:
Early sci-fi space adventure
This is like Tarzan meets science fiction! Adventures, fist fights, battles - and it's all on Mars! This is classic adventure stuff, and the story grips you. At the same time, it's interesting to compare this early sci-fi to modern sci-fi. A lot of it shows it's age (don't let a feminist near this book, or any other by Edgar Rice Burroughs), and at the same time the story works just as well today - speculation on extending science known at the time (even when we know better today) and applying it to what new marvels may be dreamed of and especially what they may mean to a society was and is the essence of science fiction.
The reading is very good, overall, but I must admit I found it rather distracting that the chapters are read by different people. Most were very good readers, but it disturbs your enjoyment of the story that you have to get used to new readers all the time. I'm not a native English speaker, and just getting used to the dialects take a little time.